Before I continue, I would like to apologise for my absence the last two weeks. First, I was very busy and right after that I’ve been quite sick. But I’m back and planning on keeping up my normal blogging pace :-)
What was I so busy with you might ask? Well, since the beginning of this year I was selected to set up a student department within the Red Cross in the city where I study and live – Nijmegen. One of our big activities we came up with was centered around the biggest event in Nijmegen: the Four Day Marches. For four days, over 40,000 international people and military will walk either 30, 40 or 50 km each day! This makes it the largest march in the world. And it’s not only about the march; during ten days there are numerous concerts and parties organised, which makes Nijmegen one of the most fun places to be in The Netherlands for those few days :-)
Back to my story… What will those people need after walking so many kilometers? We thought a free massage would be nice and that’s what we did. We offered the walkers free massages by working together with physiotherapy students who all did this voluntary. With a strategic location, sunny weather, friendly and motivated volunteers, lots of (media) attention and many tired walkers we could help it turned out to be a big success! This is the picture that made it to the ANP, the leading news agency in The Netherlands. More pictures can be found here, an interview with Omroep Gelderland (local news) here.
I guess nobody could escape the news that over 100 million people have chosen the new Seven Wonders of the World. I was one of those people a few months ago, voting for a place I haven’t seen yet but would love to. Petra, a wonderful and beautiful spot in Jordan, an ancient town in the middle of a desert.
When I mention it to friends, most of them just know it from Indiana Jones. My first introduction was a TV documentary in which the King of Jordan himself (!) took a few days to show his beautiful country to a Discovery Channel Reporter (more info). After this documentary I was sold! The remarkable story of King Abdullah, his beautiful wife Rania, the great desert Wadi Rum, the luxurious beach resort Aqaba and of course Petra… So many interesting aspects of I country which I knew nothing about so far. After the documentary I was intrigued by the country and visiting it is a in my top of ‘things I would love to do’ – list.
Last month I read an article about the Fiat 500 and their plans to relaunch a new version of my favourite car, the Fiat 500! In May 2006 they launched a special website, 500 days before the new car would come out. Suddenly they changed the release date to 4th of July, which was yesterday. Some pictures of the new Fiat 500 were leaked to the Internet, so I already had an impression of how the new Fiat 500 would look. I’m still more of a fan of the original version which I would love to own one day :-)
When my neighbours in Copenhagen one day got all their cars out of the garage, this beautiful Fiat 500 showed up. I just HAD to take a picture of it!
A post on Molblog pointed out to a video which is a collection of facts and figures which are interesting and even amazing many times. It addresses how the world changed and keeps on doing so. The design is a great example of how good and useful design can make the messages even more powerful. Definitely worth a few minutes of your attention!
(Shift Happens 2.0 by Karl Fisch and Scott McLeod, design by XPLANE)